Fridge needs a new thermocouple

Lee

Moderator
#1
Last time out we had problems with fridge, the igniter light intermittently flashing.
With the aid of a spoon and small bungy I managed a temporary repair.
Once home I inspected the burner to find the thermocouple had broken, I found a replacement, £11.98 for a universal one, one to fit my fridge £37.98.
Someone somewhere is making a bit of a profit, obviously the universal wasn't exactly the same and so I had to buy the more expensive one but they both must cost a similar amount to make.
That's the pleasure of owning a Motorhome I suppose and on the plus side I now can chill out with a working fridge.
 


Edina

Moderator
#2
Last time out we had problems with fridge, the igniter light intermittently flashing.
With the aid of a spoon and small bungy I managed a temporary repair.
Once home I inspected the burner to find the thermocouple had broken, I found a replacement, £11.98 for a universal one, one to fit my fridge £37.98.
Someone somewhere is making a bit of a profit, obviously the universal wasn't exactly the same and so I had to buy the more expensive one but they both must cost a similar amount to make.
That's the pleasure of owning a Motorhome I suppose and on the plus side I now can chill out with a working fridge.
Lucky it's a motorhome and not a boat ;)
 


jagmanx

Full Member
#3
Our MoHo is 12 years old ( a bit like my brain)
We use Moho for 5 months for the last 5 years
Fridge on gas 95% when stood (we rarely use EHU)
This year
1 Burner burnt out (Italy)
2 Gas control valve failed (Germany)

Now 100% at a cost of about £250
As the French Yellow Vests might say "C'est La Vie"
 


Lee

Moderator
#4
Our MoHo is 12 years old ( a bit like my brain)
We use Moho for 5 months for the last 5 years
Fridge on gas 95% when stood (we rarely use EHU)
This year
1 Burner burnt out (Italy)
2 Gas control valve failed (Germany)

Now 100% at a cost of about £250
As the French Yellow Vests might say "C'est La Vie"
That makes my spend seem insignificant, I have already changed the burner last year but that was only about £35 , so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping the Gas Valve hold up.
 


#5
Interesting.
I had an seriously intermittent fault with my three-way fridge which took me getting on for two years to track down. It was a broken leaf spring making somewhat variable contact within a four pin connector at the rear of the fridge. Since then I've fitted a 300W Panasonic solar panel and am waiting for the fridge to die so that I have a good reason to install a compressor fridge connected to the 'load' terminals on the Victron controller.
Blöödy thing will no doubt out live me now the decision has been made.

Colin 😊😊😊
 


#6
Interesting.
I had an seriously intermittent fault with my three-way fridge which took me getting on for two years to track down. It was a broken leaf spring making somewhat variable contact within a four pin connector at the rear of the fridge. Since then I've fitted a 300W Panasonic solar panel and am waiting for the fridge to die so that I have a good reason to install a compressor fridge connected to the 'load' terminals on the Victron controller.
Blöödy thing will no doubt out live me now the decision has been made.

Colin 😊😊😊
Touch wood, ours is working ok after playing up during the very hot weather, but i feel the same as you, and seriously thought about a compressor fridge for the future.
 
#7
Touch wood, ours is working ok after playing up during the very hot weather, but i feel the same as you, and seriously thought about a compressor fridge for the future.
Now that higher output solar panels and controllers have pretty much come of age, I think it's the way to go, Sue.
I'm not going to scrap a working fridge - but it's on notice!

Colin :):):)
 
#8
I think it's the way to go
Hello Colin,
Couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve been looking at a Vitrifrigo 12/240, the only problem I’ve got is finding something that will miss my wheel arch. What fridges have you been looking at?

Rae
 

Lee

Moderator
#9
My concern with compressor fridges would be the noise.
We had one in New Zealand and also Australia and during the night when the motor cut in it became quite annoying.
So unless the new ones are quieter I have my reservations.
 
#11
Hello Colin,
Couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve been looking at a Vitrifrigo 12/240, the only problem I’ve got is finding something that will miss my wheel arch. What fridges have you been looking at?

Rae
I won't look at specific models until the time comes, Rae.
I've no idea how long either the existing fridge or I will last but if it happens it would be a compressor type, obviously 12V d.c and definitely the same size as my existing fridge. I rarely need a freezer so perhaps a fridge with a removable/convertible freezer section.
Perhaps something from the Waeco range?

Oh, and no more than £2.43p.

Colin 😊😊😊
 


#12
My concern with compressor fridges would be the noise.
We had one in New Zealand and also Australia and during the night when the motor cut in it became quite annoying.
So unless the new ones are quieter I have my reservations.
That's a very good point, Lee.
Chris (Edina) feels that the modern compressor fridges aren't too intrusive and since I'm audiologically challenged................

Colin 😊😊😊
 


#14
something from the Waeco range?
Hello Colin,
Just sold one. Never fitted it, bought it for a project. Now we’ve got this van, project no longer happening. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t fit in the hole where the original is and, like yourself, I couldn’t see the point in using a fridge that didn’t fit and so it’s gone. For me, the biggest problem is I must have a fridge that goes round the wheel arch.

Rae
 


Tezza33

Full Member
#16
I fitted a universal thermocouple on mine but it came with different ends and luckily enough it included the right ones.
I have just had to change the 240v element on my fridge, the correct one is 135w and was £78 but I fitted an identical looking 125w element which was only £29, I only use EHU in winter so I don't think I will notice a difference
 

nabsim

Full Member
#17
My concern with compressor fridges would be the noise.
We had one in New Zealand and also Australia and during the night when the motor cut in it became quite annoying.
So unless the new ones are quieter I have my reservations.
I rarely notice our Lee, it is a Waeco 110litre so a bit big for two really but we usually manage to fill it. Have a listen at Buggy if you want, like Colin I am a bit deaf on certain frequencies though :)
 


#18
We had problems with our fridge in Germany, 240/12/ & gas, sorry just getting evening meal ready, our thermocouple looks like a normal one but is ELECTRICAL !!, will report back after tea
 
#19
Last time out we had problems with fridge, the igniter light intermittently flashing.
With the aid of a spoon and small bungy I managed a temporary repair.
Once home I inspected the burner to find the thermocouple had broken, I found a replacement, £11.98 for a universal one, one to fit my fridge £37.98.
Yes, the one that fits costs more than a "normal" generic thermocouple, but nothing like £12. This one fits: https://www.toolstation.com/shop/Ce...es/sd2708/Super+Universal+Thermocouple/p44909 and it costs less than £7
 
#20
We had problems with our fridge in Germany, 240/12/ & gas, sorry just getting evening meal ready, our thermocouple looks like a normal one but is ELECTRICAL !!, will report back after tea
All thermocouples are electric.
 
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